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Performance Investigation of Microstrip Exponential Tapered Line Impedance Transformer Using MathCAD

Mazlina Esa, Nik Noordini Nik Abd Malik, Nadiyatulakmar Abdul Latif, and Jayaseelan Marimuthu Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia

Abstract Impedance transformer is an essential part of a system which allows two dierent

loads to be perfectly connected without any loss due to reections. This paper presents investigations performed on a microstrip exponential taper impedance, ETLI, transformer. Mathematical computations were performed using MathCAD software. The reection coecient and return loss responses are in good agreement with theory. Broadband characteristics have been observed. To further investigate the performance of the taper, the ETLI transformer is simulated. Four dierent load impedances have been considered and various lengths of ETLI were investigated. It was found that as the frequency increases, the number of optimum lengths has also increased with a smaller dierence between the optimum lengths. The same pattern occurs with any load impedance, from 70 to 100 Ohm. In addition, the behaviour of ETLI transformer with variation of loads at a particular frequency showed that 80 Ohm load appeared to be the most matched. As the frequency increases, higher loads are matched with longer ETLI. Dierent loads are wellmatched with longer ETLI transformers at higher frequencies from 6 GHz. 1. INTRODUCTION

Several studies have been reported on the design and use of impedance transformers [17]. Impedance transformer is an essential part of a system which allows two dierent loads to be perfectly connected without any loss due to reections of incident signals back to the input. Hence, there will be lost of power that can be delivered from the input or source to the load or other parts of the system. Consequently, this could damage and overheat the transmitter which dissipates the reected power. Thus, an impedance matching network is needed between a source and load as shown in Fig. 1. A simple impedance transformer is the quarter wavelength transformer which is suitable for matching two real impedances. However, the transformer is suitable for single frequency application, unless several cascades of such transformers are designed. This is undesirable since the overall size of the circuit or system will increase. Impedance transformers in the form of tapers allow for impedance matching of such loads, however it is for broadband application. Hence, the study of the behaviour of such transformers is important from the engineering education point of view, as well as using it for any microwave application due to its broadband feature. This paper presents investigations of an impedance matching technique that has broadband feature. The chosen conguration is the exponential taper designed on microstrip technology. The top view is shown in Fig. 2. Other taper congurations are triangular and Klopfenstein. Mathematical computations were performed using MathCAD software [8]. The reection coecient and return loss, RL, responses of the exponential taper line impedance, ETLI, transformer are analysed and compared with theory. Further investigations have been carried out with four dierent load impedances and various lengths of ETLI transformer, using numerical simulation [9].

ZL

Mathing network

Load Z 0

2. DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

The design is focused on mathematical approach, whereby the performances of the circuit are investigated with plottings of relevant characteristics. The impedance and reection coecient

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variations over length and with varying lengths, respectively, are depicted in Figs. 3 and 4. The important parameter is the reection coecient which can be presented as power quantity of return loss in dB. The design specications are return loss of less than 10 dB, variable values of load impedances to be matched, 50 Ohm input impedance and broad bandwidth. MathCAD is used for further simulation of varying impedance values and ETLI lengths.

3. MATH COMPUTATIONS USING MATHCAD

The math formulae are available in the literature [1]. The characteristic impedance variation for the ETLI transformer over the range 0 z L is given as Z(z) = Z0 eaz . As indicated in Fig. 3, at z = 0, Z(0) = Z0 as desired. At z = L, it is important to have Z(L) = ZL = Z0 eaL , which determines the constant a as: 1 ZL a = ln (1) L Z0 () is found by using the equation: 1 = 2

L

e

0

j2z

ln ZL sin L Z0 d az ln (e ) dz = dz 2ejL L

(2)

The derivation assumes that , the propagation constant of the tapered line, is not a function of z. The assumption is generally valid for TEM lines. In Fig. 4, peaks of || decrease with increasing length, while the length should be greater than /2 (or L > ) to minimise the mismatch at low frequencies. The simulation work starts with the MathCAD computation of the impedance curve for each ETLI transformer. The loads are varied from 70 Ohm to 100 Ohm with 10 Ohm intervals, with xed input impedance of 50 Ohm. An exponential impedance curve computed using MathCAD is shown in Fig. 5 for 80 Ohm load. The corresponding impedance plot is given in Fig. 6. Each ETLI transformer has similar shape to the corresponding layout drawn for numerical simulations, which are in agreement with the literature.

Figure 4: Variation of reection coecient for ETLI with varying length [1].

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Next, the reection coecients were computed in magnitude and decibel or RL forms. These can then be compared with numerical simulations. MathCAD computations are depicted in Figs. 7 and 8, for a chosen combination of 50 Ohm input and 80 Ohm load impedances.

4. NUMERICAL INVESTIGATIONS AND DISCUSSION

The ETLI transformers were then numerically simulated. Variations of lengths were implemented to study the performance of each taper with length. For each load impedance, there were nine dierent lengths. Hence, there were a total of 36 congurations being considered. The simulated RL of the ETLI transformer of varying lengths with 80 Ohm load are shown in Fig. 9. It depicted the broadband nature of the ETLI transformer. However, when L = 15 mm, ripples appeared while the broadband characteristic is maintained with good RL values below 10 dB. Within the length from 25 mm to 45 mm, poor RLs were observed. The rst frequency where the poor RL occurred depends on the length. When L increases, RL worsens at lower frequencies and number of ripples increases. It can be concluded that as the impedance dierence increases, the earlier is the occurrences of the frequency where the rst poor RL occurred. From the simulations performed, there are important characteristics observed on the ETLI transformer. The behaviour of RL against L can be further investigated at each frequency within the simulated frequency range for ETLI conguration with dierent load impedance. The relationships are plotted in MathCAD as four responses; RL versus L, RL versus load impedance, |S11 | versus L and |S11 | versus load impedance, at a certain frequency from 1 GHz to 9 GHz. The overall performance is then tabulated for comparison. An example at 7 GHz is shown in Fig. 10. It can be seen how the ETLI transformer works with variation of lengths at a particular frequency. It can be inferred that as the frequency increases, the number of optimum lengths has also increased with a smaller dierence between the optimum lengths. The same pattern occurs with each considered load. The reection coecient behaviours show similar patterns since both parameters are interrelated. The relationships of RL against ZL at a particular frequency, for each transformer length were

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(a)

(b)

(c)

Figure 13: Numerical simulation showing RL variations for 80 Ohm load for ETLI lengths of (a) L = 20 mm, (b) L = 30 mm, (c) L = 45 mm.

plotted in MathCAD. Examples are given for 1 GHz and 7 GHz in Figs. 11 and 12. Theoretically, ETLI transformer should be well matched over all lengths and over the whole range of frequencies. However, 80 Ohm load appeared to be the most matched. It can be observed that as the frequency increases, higher loads are matched with longer ETLI. Dierent loads are matched with longer ETLI transformers at higher frequencies from 6 GHz. Similar behaviours were observed for the reection coecient responses due to their interrelated properties. Fig. 13 showed RL variation of 80 Ohm optimum load for three selected lengths.

5. CONCLUSION

The mathematical modelling of the broadband exponential taper line impedance transformer has been successfully developed in MathCAD. It was found to be in good agreement with the theory presented in the literature. The results are then further analysed. Numerical simulations were also performed. ETLI transformer is observed to be able to match with the shortest matching section compared to other taper congurations.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

REFERENCES

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4. Shirasaki, H., Design charts by waveguide model and modematching techniques of microstrip line taper shapes for satellite broadcast planar antenna, Proc. of Int. Symp. on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 4, 20002003, 2000. 5. El Kamchouchi, H. and G. Abouelseoud, MAMA: A new methodically designed broadband microstrip antenna using otheshelf components, IEEE Antenna and Propagation Magazine, Vol. 48, No. 2, 7281, 2006. 6. Fooks, E. H. and R. A. Zakarevicius, Microwave Engineering Using Microstrip Circuits, Prentice Hall, Sydney, New York, 1990. 7. Balanis, C. A., Antenna Theory, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc., New York, 2005. 8. http://www.mathsoft.com. 9. http://www.sonnetusa.com.

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